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August 21st Speaker Olivia Bee

PPGBA 2nd of series on “Successful Women In Photography”

Is Olivia Bee photography’s next Annie Leibovitz? by Paolo Salcido Click Here!

The Very Rapid Rise of the Very Precocious Photographer Olivia Bee
By Kurt Soller: Read the story click here

PPGBA Members Free or Non-Members Pre-register for this program and save, just $20! ($25 at the door)

Students/APA/ASMP members…email to goldengateschool (at) yahoo.com and attach a copy of your current student I.D. or membership verification.
We will then send you an advance-registration discount PayPal invoice for $10. ($15 at the door)

Note: These pre-registrations are non-refundable but may be transferred to a friend or colleague.

When she was young, Olivia Bee took bad photographs.

After accidentally being assigned to a darkroom course in sixth grade, Bee began putting much of her life in Portland, Oregon, on Flickr. At first, by her own admission, her shots weren’t so hot: “Like, stuffed animals and a picture of my mom in the kitchen.” On the Internet, she would research Nan Goldin, Annie Leibovitz, and early Terry Richardson. And she began chronicling her own pals as they went about their joyous, dirty, agrarian shenanigans: a tween in a bikini, for example, stuffed into a washbasin, covered in Technicolor splashes of paint.

She kept playing, bought a new camera, and it didn’t take long for Bee to arrive at what’s become her hallmark today: dreamy, seventies-inspired photographs of maybe-wasted, increasingly famous young people who just want to have fun, injected with ombré washes of color (often pink). She frequently places her subjects in the middle of the frame—despite what art school would teach her about the rule of thirds, essentially that off-center composition makes images more interesting.

More about Olivia click here or here NEW YORK MAGAZINE
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Meeting INFO

7:00 P.M. – networking and hors d’oeuvres 7:30 P.M. – program starts, 9:15pm Image Competition

  • PPGBA members – no charge
  • APA-SF, ASMP-Norcal members – $15 at the door
  • Non-members – $25 at the door
  • Students – $15 at the door (must show current college/university I.D.)
    • (non-member difference may be applied towards PPGBA dues if redeemed within 30 days – therefore the meeting will be FREE to you if you join PPGBA…please save your meeting receipt for documentation of payment

Meeting Location

unless otherwise noted:

  • Best Western Plus Grosvenor Hotel, 380 S. Airport Blvd., S. San Francisco.
  • For directions, please call the hotel at 650/873-3200 or click on this link.

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